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Belfast City Council on hunt for 1.5 acres for its proposed 'cultural hub'

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Cultural strategy: Belfast City Hall
Cultural strategy: Belfast City Hall
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

Belfast City Council has announced it is looking for a development site of up to 1.5 acres in the city centre.

The council has instructed commercial property agents Lisney to find it a site in a 'high visibility' area with 'high footfall' close to the Cathedral Quarter.

And it's also seeking to occupy the site on a long leasehold or freehold basis.

By January 20, the council wants expressions of interest including a site boundary map, a confirmation of potential legal title and an asking price for the site.

The council said yesterday no one was available to comment on the process.

But it's understood the site is required for the council's proposed 'Belfast Destination Hub' which it has said will help it share the 'Belfast story' with the world. The hub has been part of council plans since at least 2016.

Then, the council said that the Belfast Story would provide "an authentic, distinctive Belfast experience, and be a visible and confident expression of the city's people, cultural heritage and future aspirations".

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Earlier this year, the council announced a 10-year cultural strategy to be introduced from April 2020, called A City Imagining.

And 2023 is to be a "year-long celebration of culture" for which it hopes that Belfast will secure City of Music status from Unesco.

A summary of the cultural strategy says: "We will be developing cultural tourism and preparing to open our new cultural attraction, the Belfast Destination Hub, which will share the 'Belfast Story' with the world.

"A lateral approach to partnership working and placemaking will be at the heart of all efforts to achieve these milestones."

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